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December 22

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
 
2004The number of US high-speed Internet service subscribers increases 38% to nearly 33 million, according to the FCC.
 
2002Joe Strummer, singer-guitarist for rock band The Clash, dies at his Somerset, England, farmhouse at age 50.
 
1999Repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope take place in earth orbit, thanks to a pair of astronauts from the NASA space shuttle Discovery.
 
1995Actress Butterfly McQueen (Gone With The Wind) dies in Augusta, GA, at age 84.
 
1990Lech Walesa is sworn in as Poland's first president elected by popular vote.
 
1989Author-playwright Samuel Beckett dies in Paris at age 83.
 
1984Bernhard Goetz of New York City shoots four black teens on the subway, for fear that they would rob him.
 
1983Actress Kirstie Alley (Veronica's Closet, Cheers) marries actor Parker Stevenson.
 
1979Darryl F. Zanuck, 20th Century Fox studio mogul, dies of pneumonia at age 77.
 
1976TV host Monty Hall tapes the last Let's Make A Deal game show.
 
1971The UN General Assembly ratifies the Security Council's election of Kurt Waldheim as Secretary-General.
 
1943Children's author-illustrator Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Peter Rabbit) dies in England at age 77.
 
1938A Coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae), a fish thought to be extinct for 65 million years, is caught off the east coast of South Africa.
 
1807In an effort to get England and France to settle their differences, the US Congress cuts off trade with Europe with the passage of the Embargo Act.
 
1775  The American colonies organize their own Continental Navy.
 

Born today:

1989  Jordin Sparks - singer (2007 American Idol winner)

1974  Heather Donahue - actress (The Blair Witch Project)

1957  Ricky Ross - singer (Deacon Blue)

1949  Robin Gibb - singer (Bee Gees), twin brother of Maurice

1949  Maurice Gibb - bassist, singer (Bee Gees)

1948  Steve Garvey - baseball player

1946  Rick Nielsen - guitarist (Cheap Trick)

1945  Diane Sawyer - TV hostess, journalist

1944  Barry Jenkins - drummer (The Animals)

1944  Steve Carlton - baseball pitcher

1936  Hector Elizondo - actor

1934  David Pearson - former NASCAR auto racer

1922  Barbara Billingsley - actress (Leave It to Beaver)

1917  Gene Rayburn - TV game show host

1912  Lady Bird Johnson - wife of 36th US president Lyndon B. Johnson

1907  Peggy Ashcroft - actress (Oscar® winner, 1984)

1901  Andre Kostelanetz - composer, conductor

1885  Deems Taylor - composer, former ASCAP president

1869  Edwin Arlington Robinson - poet

1858  Giacomo Puccini - opera composer

1696  James Oglethorpe - Savannah, Georgia founder

 

Born today? Your sign of the Zodiac is:
Capricorn   Capricorn    

(The Sea-Goat)

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